O jardim

"O Jardim"
O jardim Cláudia Pascoal.jpg
Single by Cláudia Pascoal feat. Isaura
Released9 March 2018 (2018-03-09)
FormatDigital download
LabelUniversal Music Portugal
Isaura singles chronology
"Busy Tone"
"O Jardim"
"Gone Now"
Music video
"O jardim" on YouTube
Portugal "O jardim"
Eurovision Song Contest 2018 entry
Finals performance
Final result
Final points
Appearance chronology
◄ "Amar pelos dois" (2017)   
"Telemóveis" (2019) ►

"O Jardim" (Portuguese pronunciation: [u ʒɐɾˈdĩ]; English: The garden) is a song performed by Portuguese singer Cláudia Pascoal and written by Isaura, which represented Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.[1] It premiered on 25 February 2018, when it was performed live in the second semi-final of Festival da Canção 2018, Portugal's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The song was released as a digital download on 9 March 2018 by Universal Music Portugal.[2] The song features uncred vocals from the song's lyricist, Isaura.


"O jardim" was one of twenty-six songs commissioned by RTP for Festival da Canção 2018, Portugal's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The composers both created the song and selected the performer for their entry. Isaura composed "O jardim" and chose Cláudia Pascoal as the performer.


"O jardim" was written and produced by Isaura. "O jardim" is a indie pop ballad with a length of two minutes and thirty-eight seconds (2:38)[3] that moves at a tempo of 60 beats per minute.[4] Lyrically, the song is about loss and saudade: "São as flores o meu lugar / Agora que não estás / Rego eu o teu jardim".[nb 1] Isaura stated that "O jardim" is a song about "adding tension, [...] saudade, something we have on the chest, any sorrow, and basically for me this song is about preserving that tension".[5]

Eurovision Song Contest[]

Isaura was announced as a participating songwriter in Festival da Canção 2018, Portugal's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, on 27 September 2017.[6] On 18 January 2018, Cláudia Pascoal was announced to be performing her song, titled "O jardim".[7] Pascoal competed in the second semi-final, placing second with 20 points after coming second in both the jury vote and the televote. In the final, held on March 4, she came second in the jury vote and won the televote, placing first with 22 points and thus representing Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.[8]

As Portugal was the host country, the song automatically advanced to the final, which was held on 12 May 2018 in Lisbon.[9][10]

On 12 March 2018, it was announced that she would perform 8th in the Grand Final on 12 May 2018. The song placed 26th, and last, in the Final, receiving 39 points.


Critical response[]

Charlotte Runcie of British newspaper The Daily Telegraph listed "O jardim" as one of the five best Eurovision entries of the year, and described it as an "electropop-tinged indie ballad, gorgeously intimate and contemporary too. Just lovely".[11] Fabien Randanne of French newspaper 20 Minutes stated that the song "shines for its simplicity, modesty and the emotion that transcends language barriers".[12] Hans Rollman of American online magazine PopMatters called the song a "moving tribute to Isaura's grandmother, and the garden that meant a great deal to them both".[13]

Music video[]

The music video for "O jardim" premiered on April 30, 2018.[14]

Track listings[]

  1. "O jardim" – 2:38
  1. "O jardim"
  2. "O jardim" (Instrumental)

Crs and personnel[]


Chart (2018) Peak
Portugal (AFP)[15] 21
Portugal Digital Songs (Billboard)[16] 3

Release history[]

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide 9 March 2018 Digital download Universal Music Portugal


  1. ^ In English translation: "All the flowers, they're my place / Now that you're gone / I'll take care of your garden".


  1. ^ Mercereau, Damien (5 March 2018). "Eurovision 2018 : le Portugal défend son titre avec Cláudia Pascoal" (in French). Le Figaro. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  2. ^ Costa, Nelson (9 March 2018). ""O Jardim" de Cláudia Pascoal e Isaura disponível no Spotify" (in Portuguese). ESCPortugal. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b "O Jardim - Single (feat. Isaura) - Single". iTunes. March 9, 2018.
  4. ^ Jonas (March 22, 2018). "Ballad? Up-tempo? Let's once again take a closer look at the actual tempo of this year's entries". ESC Nation.
  5. ^ "'O Jardim' vai ser remisturado para a Eurovisão: menos piano e guitarra, mais eletrónica". RTP (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on April 25, 2018. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  6. ^ "São estes os (vinte e seis) compositores do Festival da Canção 2018" (in Portuguese). RTP. 27 September 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  7. ^ Diogo, João (18 January 2018). "Portugal: Conheça os intérpretes do Festival da Canção 2018". ESCPortugal. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  8. ^ Jordan, Paul (12 January 2018). "Portugal: Claudia Pascoal will follow Sobral's footsteps and fly to Lisbon!". esctoday.com. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Lisbon revealed as Host City of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest!". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  10. ^ Jordan, Paul (12 January 2018). "All Aboard for the Semi-Final Allocation Draw". eurovision.tv. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  11. ^ Runcie, Charlotte (April 13, 2018). "Eurovision: every 2018 act, ranked from worst to best". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Archived from the original on April 14, 2018.
  12. ^ Randanne, Fabien (April 16, 2018). "Eurovision 2018: Le Portugal pourrait parfaitement faire le doublé avec «O Jardim»". 20 Minutes (in French). Archived from the original on 2018-04-21. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  13. ^ Rollman, Hans (April 18, 2018). "Everything You Need to Know About Eurovision 2018". PopMatters. Archived from the original on April 18, 2018.
  14. ^ "Cláudia Pascoal, Isaura - O Jardim". YouTube. April 30, 2018.
  15. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Cláudia Pascoal – O jardim". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  16. ^ "Portugal Digital Song Sales". Billboard. March 17, 2018. Archived from the original on March 15, 2018.